Exploring the Struggle to be Free




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In this issue:  

  • November seminars are now open for registration
  • Live Event on November 17, Mark the date!
  • Congrats to Oates Award winner, William Tuck!
  • Contribute to Oates Institute

November Seminars now open for registration 

Exploring The Struggle to Be Free

Wayne Oates’ book The Struggle to be Free: My Story and Your Story, Revised Edition, is the autobiography of Oates journey in life. In this book, Oates reflects on his own struggle to be free and provides insight to others on their own struggles to be free of poverty, feelings of inferiority, loneliness, helplessness, and from being a workaholic. Read More.

Book Study & Meeting on The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary spirituality and religion, argues that— notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance—Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift.. Join us as we study this new book, and partcipate in the Live Event (see below).  Read More.

Spiritual Care of the Psychiatric Patient.

The focus for this seminar is on wholeness, that is, the integration of psychology and spirituality in the quest for well-being. Participants will explore different models of spiritual care-giving that take serious the psychological dimension of human experience. Read More.


Do not miss an opportunity to interact live on Nov. 17th at 7 with Brian McLaren about his new book: The Great Spiritual Migration. Send an email to registration@oates.org for more information or to save your spot.

Further, join us for an email discussion of the book starting Oct. 26th. (See the seminar above for more information.

Here’s what people are saying about this book:

“A provocative and powerful new book”–Nicholas Kristof, New York Times.

“This is Brian McLaren’s finest book: a beautiful exploration of a hopeful, joyful, mystical, and just faith that invites Christians to move from fear to love. On every page, he calls out to longing readers, ‘Don’t give up. A better world, a better way of belief is possible.’ And he is right.”

—Diana Butler Bass, author of Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution

“Anything written by Brian McLaren is always filled with insight, courage, and creative theology, refining the meaning of orthodoxy in our time. Read this and surely enjoy it, for it will assure you that you are not crazy making in what you are seeing and suffering today.”

—Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward,

founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation


Congratulations to William  Tuck on his receiving the 2016 Oates Institute Award. We will be posting pictures and video of his address, “The Struggle for Meaning,” on the website as soon as we can get them up, so be on the lookout. In the meantime, we hope you join us in honoring Dr. Tuck!

Contribute NOW and get a gift

Please consider becoming an Oates donor! We want to invite you to support our work as a contributor. As an incentive, if you make a tax-deductible donation of $50 or more, or begin a monthly contribution, we will send you a copy of the new film, CHAPLAINS, by Martin Doblmeier, that was recently previewed at the APC Convention.

You may also purchase a copy for $20, just send your request to orders@oates.org.

Contribute to the work of the Oates Institute by using this link: DONATE HERE. Or you may send a contribution to: Oates Institute, 1733 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205.





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